Faculty DirectoryHoracio D. Espinosa
James N. and Nancy J. Farley Professor in Manufacturing & Entrepreneurship
Director, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Program
Director of the Institute for Cellular Engineering Technologies
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Contact2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109
Email Horacio Espinosa
Ph.D. Solid Mechanics, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
M.Sc. Applied Mathematics, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
M.Sc. Solid Mechanics, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
M.Sc. Structural Engineering, Polytechnic of Milan, Milan, Italy
Civil Engineering, Magma Cum Laude, six-year professional degree, Northeast National University, Corrientes/ Resistencia, Argentina
Professor Espinosa’s research fouses in two areas: (1) understanding the behavior of natural and synthetic materials across scales, from nano to macro, and (2) developing novel engineered devices for both materials research and biological applications.
- Member, Russian Academy of Engineering, 2011-present
- Murray Medal, Society for Experimental Mechanics, 2014
- Fellow, American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2013
- Sia Nemat-Nasser Medal, Society for Experimental Mechanics, 2013
- Member, European Academy of Sciences and Arts (elected), 2010
- Member, U.S. National Committee of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 2010-present
- Member, Society of Engineering Science Board of Directors (elected), 2008-present
- Fellow, Society for Experimental Mechanics, 2008
- Lazan Medal, Society for Experimental Mechanics, 2008
- SES Young Investigator Medal, Society of Engineering Science, 2007
- Hetenyi Award, Society of Experimental Mechanics, 2005
- Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2004
- Junior Award, American Academy of Mechanics, 2002
- Fellow, American Academy of Mechanics, 2001
- ASME, Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division, Appreciation Award, 2001
- ONR-Young Investigator Award, 1997
- NSF-CAREER Award, 1996
Significant Professional Service
- President, Society of Engineering Science, 2012-present
- Founding Principal Editor of Materials Research Communications, 2011-present
- Co-Editor of the Wiley Book Series on Micro and Nanotechnologies, 2009-present
- Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Experimental Mechanics, 2006-2010
- Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Mechanics, 2003-2009
- Associate Editor of the Journal of Experimental Mechanics, 2002-2006
- Editor of Mechanics a publication of the American Academy of Mechanics, 1998- 2004
- Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Nanomechanics and Micromechanics, 2010-present
- Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Laboratory Automation, 2007-present
- Member of the Editorial Board of the International Review of Mechanical Engineering (IREME), 2007-present
Nature Communications, Vol. 6, Article 8029, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms9029, 2015.
Nano Letters, Vol. 15, p. 4504-4516, 2015.
Lab on a Chip, DOI: 10.1039/c5lc00805k, 2015.
Nano Letters, Vol. 15, No. 1, p. 139-146, 2014.
W. Kang, J.P. Giraldo-Vela, S.S.P. Nathamgari, T. McGuire, R.L. McNaughton, J.A. Kessler and H.D. Espinosa, "Microfluidic Device for Stem Cell Differentiation and Localized Electroporation of Postmitotic Neurons" Lab on a Chip, 14 (23), 4486–4495, 2014.
A.M. Beese, Z. An, S. Sarkar, S. Shiva P. Nathamgari, H.D. Espinosa and S.T. Nguyen, "Defect-Tolerant Nanocomposites through Bio-Inspired Stiffness Modulation" Advanced Functional Materials, 24 (19), 2883-2891, 2014.
M.R. Roenbeck, X. Wei, A.M. Beese, M. Naraghi, A. Furmanchuk, J.T. Paci, G.C. Schatz and H.D. Espinosa, "In Situ Scanning Electron Microscope Peeling To Quantify Surface Energy between Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene" ACS Nano, 8 (1), 124–138, 2014.
W. Kang, F. Yavari, M. Minary-Jolandan, J.P. Giraldo-Vela, A. Safi, R.L. McNaughton, V. Parpoil and H.D. Espinosa, "Nanofountain Probe Electroporation (NFP-E) of Single Cells" Nano Letters, 13 (6), 2448-2457, 2013.
O. Loh, X. Wei, J. Sullivan, L.E. Ocola, R. Divan and H.D. Espinosa, "Carbon-Carbon Contacts for Robust Nanoelectromechanical Switches" Advanced Materials, 24 (18), 2463–2468, 2012.
In the Classroom
Professor Espinosa has taught a variety of courses, including Introduction to Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), Experiments in Micro/Nano Science and Engineering, Experimental Engineering, Elasticity, Damage and Inelasticity of Advanced Materials, Advanced Computational Mechanics, Mechanics of Materials, and Aircraft Structures.
His teaching philosophy addresses issues that require particular attention in modern education: (a) the increasingly international world of business and markets; (b) the technological advances that are continuously raising the speed at which information is obtained and transmitted; and (c) the dynamics of the job market that makes likely that most individuals will enjoy several careers in their lifetime. It is his view that a student-centered curriculum in which the student takes responsibility for her or his education rather than a rigid and static core curriculum is the best choice for the future. Such a curriculum maximizes multidisciplinary course work, independent study and research (honor degrees), and encourages experimentation and intellectual expansion.